Billerica School Board Vice Chairman Torre Announces Select Board Race

With elections more than three months away on Saturday, April 2, candidates like current Billerica School Board Vice President Darlene Torre are announcing their candidacies for the elections.

Torre announced his candidacy for the Select Board on Thursday, January 20.

She will step down from her seat on the school council on April 1.

“Last year around this time, I worked to engage our community in a conversation about a vision of responsible growth for the future of Billerica. Since then, we have seen Billerica Mall receive approval to build 200 units of dense housing, the approval of additional dense housing zoning, and the continued advocacy of many elected officials to build more dense housing,” Torre wrote in his announcement. “I renew my commitment through this campaign to work to prevent dense housing from ruining our community and to be a leader in ensuring that residents and neighborhoods make their voices heard at city hall.”

Torre continued, “I am so proud of the work I have done to serve parents and students as a member of the school committee. But now is the time to expand in scope and serve our entire city. I will ensure that COVID-19 recovery funds are spent appropriately and as intended to help families, seniors, veterans and municipal workers. I will give residents something they greatly deserve – a friend on the board who will make sure residents are truly heard.

Torre added: “[I will] to ensure that our students and parents have the representation they deserve on the School Council, and to demonstrate my commitment to serve as a member of the Select Council, I will leave the School Council on April 1, in order to that the seat of the committee can be filled during the electoral cycle.”

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Torre’s resume includes five years on the school board, a member of Billerica’s drug prevention committee, scholarship committee, and health and wellness advisory committee. She has also served on the school budget subcommittee, the Yankee Doodle committee, and as a member of the town assembly. Darlene also serves on the VFW Solomon Post Auxiliary and Fundraising Committee, volunteers at the Billerica Community Pantry and Wreaths Across America.

“I’m running because Billerica needs a friend on the Select Board. I will focus on economic prosperity through developments in the retail, business and restaurant sectors. I will toe the line on property taxes and water and sewer charges. I will refocus our investments in the city on improving roads and sidewalks. I will support our law enforcement officers and public safety officials. I will bring to the board a new sense of teamwork and collaboration that has been lacking over the past decade,” Torre said. “Being active in so many groups in town, I know I can represent the great residents of Billerica well. I will be a board member you can count on to be involved in our community. »